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Nine veggie restaurants to tickle your tastebuds

Viennese traditional cuisine tends to be dominated by meat, just look at the number of Würstelstands in the city. However, it also has an increasing number of excellent vegetarian and vegan restaurants. To mark World Vegetarian Day on October 1st, we bring you our guide to the best vegetarian and vegan dining options in the city.

Nine veggie restaurants to tickle your tastebuds
An asparagus and avocado creation at Tian. Photo: topf-und-deckel.at

We’re increasingly told that eating less meat is healthier for both the planet and our bodies – reducing your risk of getting cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. So, if you’re thinking about going meatless a couple of times a week, these plant-based dining options might be for you.

Tian

Tian is an upmarket and elegant Asian restaurant in the first district which is perfect for a special occasions. Its creative cuisine has been awarded with a star by the Michelin Guide, and it has a wine bar with a great selection of wines in the basement. You can choose from four, six or eight course menus, created using products from the restaurant's own garden, and all beautifully presented. Tian also has two bistros – the Tian Bistro on Spittelberg, serving meat-free interpretations of classics such as goulash soup or tartare with shiitake mushrooms instead of beef. The Tian Bistro at Kunsthaus Wien serves pancakes, sandwiches, burgers, coffee and cake.

Himmelpfortgasse 23, 1010 Vienna, +43 1 8904665

Harvest Bistro

The focus at Harvest, located in the 2nd district, is on vegan meals which are served buffet style. A breakfast menu is served until midday, and there’s a range of à la carte dishes and cakes. In the summer the outside seating offers a lovely view of the Karmeliterplatz. The Sunday brunches are popular.

Karmeliterplatz 1, 1020 Vienna, +43 676 4927790

Hollerei

Located in the 15th district, not far from the Meidling Hauptstrasse Ubahn station, this place serves food influenced by Asian and Mediterranean cuisine. Think Indian lentil soup, Kohlrabi ravioli or pumpkin goulash. It has a cosy and relaxed wooden interior and a shady garden for summer days.

Hollergasse 9, 1150 Vienna, +43 1 8923356

Photo: Anita Kattinger

Swing Kitchen

This fast food burger place in the 7th district boasts funky industrial design and a soundtrack harking back to the 1920s. Vegetarian burgers come with a selection of different side dishes. The burger patties are made from soya and wheat, and the vegetables and salads all come from regional farmers.

Schottenfeldgasse 3, 1070 Vienna

Photo: Irene Schanda

Deli Bluem

This cafe and bistro in the 8th district is all about sustainability and seasonal foods  – it only uses organic and vegan ingredients and ethical tea and coffee. They serve a range of soups, main dishes featuring lentils and quinoa and delicious desserts. Their beer comes from  Austrian producers. The interesting breakfast menu includes broths and congee, a slow-cooked rice soup from Asia. They also run cookery courses.

Hamerlingplatz 2, 1080 Vienna, +43 1 8900449

Photo: Nice Rice

Nice Rice

This small restaurant in the 6th district fuses Persian, Indian and Austrian cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, in generous portions. A range of homemade soups, pies and desserts are served alongside homemade drinks such as mango lassi. Tucked away down a quiet alley off the busy Mariahilferstrasse shopping street, it has outside seating in the summer.

Mariahilferstrasse 45, in the Raimundhof, 1060 Vienna, +43 1 5862839

Photo: Dancing Shiva

Dancing Shiva Superfoods

Specialising in raw, organic vegan foods and superfoods this place on Neubaugasse in the 7th district has a hippy vibe and a little shop selling clothes, chocolate, incense and soaps. Try the feta cheese made from nuts, raw vegetable spaghetti or a matcha latte. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Neubaugasse 58, 1070 Vienna, +43 1 5247843

Photo: frlcatherine.com

Vegetasia

This Taiwanese restaurant in the 3rd district has a mostly vegan menu, with mock meats (think ‘chicken’ made from soy protein, or 'beef' made from seitan), tofu, vegetarian sushi and classic Asian vegetable dishes. It does a well-priced all-you-can-eat lunchtime buffet.

Ungargasse 57, 1030 Vienna, +43 01 7138332

Wrenkh

Not far from Stephansdom in the first district, this is a good choice if you’re eating with carnivorous friends – it has an excellent vegetarian and organic menu but also serves some meat and fish dishes. Typical dishes include a quinoa salad with tofu, lentil stew, or a spelt risotto. It also runs cookery courses.

Bauernmarkt 10, 1010 Vienna, +43 1 533 15 26

If you're a keen cook yourself, why not try a Viennese classic with a twist – a potato goulash without the meat. Barbara Cacao, of Vienna Unwrapped, shared her recipe with us.

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Hugo, Almdudler and Radler: 5 drinks to try in Austria this summer

It is easier to face the summer heat with a proper cold drink in your hands. Austrians know that well and have created (or made popular) several delicious alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Here are five you should try.

Hugo, Almdudler and Radler: 5 drinks to try in Austria this summer

The debate of which is the perfect summer drink is undoubtedly a very controversial one.

While many people would argue that nothing can beat the Italian Aperol Spritz (which is also very popular in Austria), some would rather stay with a simple cold beer.

If you are team Spritz, then you should know that Austria has a love for things g’spritzt, with their own versions of sparkling drinks (with or without alcohol). However, for those who prefer a beer, the alpine country is home to several famous brands, including the Styrian Gösser, the Viennese Ottakringer, and Stiegl, from Salzburg.

READ ALSO: Five Austrian destinations you can reach by train to escape the heat

In any case, when living or visiting a new country, it’s always fun to try out the traditional dishes and, in this case, beverages.

Here are five drinks you should try during the Austrian summer.

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Hugo is a very popular (and sweet) summer drink in Austria (Photo by Greta Farnedi on Unsplash)

Hugo

Some say this is the Austrian answer to the Aperol Spritz, but its sweetness from the elderflower syrup makes it quite different from the bitter bright orange Aperol.

There is also a bit of controversy as to where this drink, which Austrians love to drink during a nice summer afternoon, originates.

Internationally, it seems to be widely accepted that this alcoholic aperitif comes from South Tyrol, a German-speaking region of Italy with deep Austrian roots. Ask any Austrian, though, and they will tell that just proves the drink is from Austria.

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Italian or Austrian, the sweet drink is made with prosecco, elderflower syrup, seltzer and mint leaves. Serve it with lots of ice in a large glass, and you have a perfect summer drink.

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Mix your white wine with sparkling water and you get a refreshing gespritzt (Photo by Matthieu Joannon on Unsplash)

weiß gespritzt

This is extremely popular, relatively cheap even in fancy restaurants, and somewhat controversial, but take some white wine and add a little sparkling water (sometimes ice) and you get a weiß gespritzt, or a g’spritzter.

READ ALSO: The best Austrian wineries to visit this summer

Not everyone appreciates mixing your wine with water, but it makes for a refreshing and lighter drink. In Austrian restaurants, you might be asked whether you want a summer gespritzt, which means it has higher water content and, therefore, is lighter, or a “normal” one.

It is by no means an Austrian drink, and you may have to ask for a Weinschorle instead of a Gespritzter in Germany, but it is a popular drink in the German world.

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Austrian brands sell some of the most popular Radlers in Europe (Photo by Jonathan Kemper on Unsplash)

Radler

A Radler is another drink that though not from Austria, is extremely popular here. Not only that but some of the most popular Radlers are sold by Austrian brands.

Traditionally, all you need to make a Radler is to mix beer and lemonade. However, the drink is also found bottled and sold by beer companies such as Gösser and Ottakringer. The mix has also expanded and you can discover Radlers with a citrus or berry mix.

READ ALSO: Austrian old folks toast success of ‘Grandma and Grandpa’ beer

It is a lighter and sweeter beer, perfect for enjoying the summer with a fresh drink that is not so alcoholic.

Mixing apple juice and sparkling water creates a perfect non-alcoholic summer drink. (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA / AFP)

Apfelspritz

Following the Austrian love for adding sparkling water to drinks, a very common and non-alcoholic beverage is the Apfelspritz.

It is a mix of apple juice and (you guessed it) sparkling water. It is popular in Biergarten as a non-alcoholic alternative, with kids joining in on toasts with their apple and soda mix.

The drink is also very common in Germany (where it is known as Apfelschorle), Switzerland and Hungary.

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Almdudler’s CEO Gerhard Schilling holds a bottle of the traditional Austrian drink (© Philipp Lipiarski)

Almdudler

Another option for a summer light and non-alcoholic drink is the Almdudler, which is technically the name of the Austrian brand that sells the famous carbonated soft drink.

The drink is a blend of 32 “natural alpine herbs, beet sugar and soda water”, according to the website. It has a very distinctive logo and can be found in almost all Austrian households – being one of the most popular beverages in the country.

Did we forget about your favourite summer drink? Then let us know in the comments below or send us an email at [email protected]

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